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Melbourne declares smoke-free zones


Roaming street performers got onto their soapboxes as part of a creative campaign to remind smokers to butt out in declared smoke-free areas in the City of Melbourne. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Speakers’ Corner performers spread the smoke-free message through comic poems, songs and improvisation at declared smoke-free locations in the central city. “We’ve introduced six smoke-free areas over the past 12 months, ranging from narrow laneways to large shopping precincts,” Doyle said. “Our research has shown that 75 percent of people don’t realise that these smoke-free areas exist so we are launching an education campaign to inform the public and encourage them to visit these areas where they can breathe easy.” Last year the city council approved smoking bans in three popular city meeting places: permanent bans in QV Melbourne and Goldsbrough Lane and a daytime ban in City Square.

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